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Disabling SSLv3 Due to POODLE Vulnerability

By  Sean Leach, SVP of Product, October 14, 2014 in Security

There have been rumors all week about a new SSL vulnerability that specifically targets the older version 3 of the SSL protocol. Google just published the full details in their POODLE report.

The vulnerability allows an attacker to use padding to circumvent the encryption provided by SSL and get at the plaintext content. Newer versions of TLS (what SSL became after version 3) are not vulnerable, and most modern browsers use the newer versions of TLS.

Based on our understanding of the POODLE vulnerability (mainly the fact that there is currently no workaround), and the fact that we have very little traffic running over SSLv3 (around .5% globally), we are disabling SSLv3 for all Fastly SSL customers, effective immediately. This will mainly affect users of Windows XP Pre-service pack 3 combined with IE version 6. If you are in this group, please upgrade to a more recent browser.

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Sean Leach | SVP of Product

Sean is SVP of Product at Fastly, where he is responsible for the Fastly product roadmap definition and execution. His current research focus is on DNS, DDoS, web/network performance, internet infrastructure, and combating the massive Internet security epidemic.